In line with the growing number of female riders in the country, some motorcycle groups have scheduled a unity ride in observance of Interational Women’s Day. The ride will take place on Sunday, March 7.
Claire Lastimosa, president of the Pabebe Warriors Riders Club, has assured her group’s full support of the unity ride. The Pabebe Warriors is made up of at least 70 delivery service riders operating in Metro Manila.
“Iniimbitahan po namin ang lahat na kababaihang nagmomotorsiklo na makibahagi sa unity ride upang marinig ang ating boses ng ibang sektor ng lipunan at mapangalagaan ang ating karapatan,” says Lastimosa.
Some eight months ago, Lastimosa testified against Republic Act No. 11235 based on a petition filed by another group to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to stop its implementation.
Meanwhile, Lady Riders Club Philippines also vowed to take part in the event, though it wasn’t made clear if its other chapters in the country will be staging similar activities.
Kapatiran sa Gulong (Kagulong) president Don Pangan said it’s about time that the female riding community aired its voice to promote its welfare and protection.
“Ilang beses na rin kaming nakatanggap ng ulat hinggil sa panggigipit sa mga lady rider sa lansangan. Kabilang na d’yan ang umano’y pambu-bully sa kalsada at verbal abuse na kadalasan ay nangyayari sa mga checkpoint,” Pangan stressed.
The participants will converge along C.P. Garcia Street at the University of the Philippines complex on Sunday, 7 am, before staging a motorcade in some areas of Metro Manila. The motorcade will end up at the People Power Monument on EDSA for a short program.